- Packing the Supreme Court in Anticipation of a Constitutional
Showdown. The Kabuki dance between George W. Bush and Special Prosecutor
on the CIA leak case Patrick Fitzgerald continues with Bush's nomination
of his one-time personal lawyer and current White House Counsel Harriet
Miers, a person who has never served on the bench, as the replacement for
outgoing Associate Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Miers succeeded
Attorney General Alberto Gonzeles, who was forced to recuse himself from
the CIA leak case because of his prior role in the leak case.
- If either indictments or unindicted co-conspirator evidence
are issued by Fitzgerald against George Bush or Dick Cheney, a politicized
Supreme Court, with one time Reagan White House Deputy Counsel John Roberts
now as Chief Justice and Miers as Associate Justice , will be positioned
to rule in favor of the White House.
- The Kabuki dance between the White House and Fitzgerald
continues. White House trumps any possible constitutional showdown with
the Judiciary by naming a partisan candidate, White House Counsel Harriet
Miers, to the Supreme Court to set in cement a 5-4 pro-Bush majority
- Miers, as Bush's legal confidant in Texas, helped cover
up Bush's Texas Air National Guard records scandal, which also implicated
the Texas Lottery Commission, which Miers conveniently chaired.
- Bush has insulated himself in the CIA leak case with
a criminal lawyer who has experience with both Watergate and Iran-contra.
Bush's attorney, Jim Sharp, represented Watergate figure Jeb Stuart Magruder,
a Special Assistant to President Nixon, and Iran-contra felon Major General
Richard V. Secord, a major facilitator for Oliver North.
- United States v. Jeb Stuart Magruder
- * (CE 715-73, United States District Court for the District
- August 16, 1973
- May 21, 1974
- The defendant waives prosecution by indictment. Information
filed charging the defendant with one count of conspiracy to unlawfully
intercept wire and oral communications and to obstruct justice in connection
with the break-in at the offices of the Democratic National Committee and
the subsequent investigations.
- Copy of a letter filed dated August 16, 1973 from Archibald
Cox to James Sharp and James Bierbower advising that the government would
accept a guilty plea from Mr. Magruder to a one count indictment or information.
- The defendant enters a plea of guilty to the information.
- Defendant sentenced to a prison term of 10 months to
- Sharp's partner in the Magruder case was James Bierbower
who passed away last February. Bierbower was also no stranger to Republican
scandals. He represented Environmental Protection Agency official Rita
Lavelle, who was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice over her
management of the $1.6 billion EPA Superfund hazardous waste program. But
more importantly, Bierbower represented Saudi billionaire and Iran-contra
and Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) figure Adnan Khashoggi
in what was termed "some banking matters" in Bierbower's obituary
- Bierbower's son Mark, who is with Hunton & Williams,
is part of the firm's Congressional Investigations Team, a team which,
interestingly, includes a number of former Federal prosecutors, including
those with the Criminal Division of the Justice Department.
- Cheney's criminal lawyer is Terrence O'Donnell, with
the DC power firm Williams & Connelly. O'Donnell was the Pentagon's
General Counsel when Cheney was Secretary of Defense. O'Donnell also serves
as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of the major Pentagon contractor
- On ABC's This Week (October 2), George Stephanopoulos
dropped a well-informed hint when he stated that some good sources revealed
to him that both Bush and Cheney were involved in the conspiracy to expose
Valerie Plame Wilson and her non-official cover Brewster Jennings and Associates
colleagues. (See below article, "Clearing the Baffles" for more
on why covert ops like Brewster Jennings and Able Danger were rolled up
by the White House).
- Jim Sharp has an additional close tie to Bush. His son,
Jess Sharp, is Associate Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.